PAPER TAPE: Who has used paper tape on their incisions, and HOW LONG did you use paper tape for??

  • Birch
  • 1 year ago

Who has had paper tape placed over your incisions immediately after surgery?  How long did you wear the paper tape for initially?  Did you continue to use paper tape?  How many weeks/months did you use paper tape for?  What kind of instructions did you receive about removal of paper tape? How do you feel the paper tape impacted your scars?

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Anyone have red lines left on skin from tape?? Not irritation just lines from the compression garment putting pressure on the tape?? I hope these are not permanent lol
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No red lines the only time I may get a red line is when the tape is stretched too tight but then I find it is uncomfortable and need to re-tape. It almost sound like you still have swelling which could be the reason for the red lines. Doubt very much they will be permanent. :)
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Lol I'm 7 weeks post op so yes I still have swelling but I tried the tape loose and still same problem! I'm pretty sure it's from compression pushing the tape together which leaves vertical lines on the tape hence on my skin but yes I'm pretty sure their not permanent just annoying thank you for replying so quickly:-)
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Oh and I have a tummy tuck scar I just realized most everyone here is talking breasts probably won't be the same since you don't use compression on breasts lol
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Yes, sounds like it is your compression garment. I am at three weeks post-op and have very little swelling but I also did not get another implant after my explant instead I just got an anchor lift. Happy with my own breasts and will be a large C or a small D so I am not that small. Good luck with your healing. :)
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I just had breast reduction on dec 19th, 10 days ago. However my ps did not put ant tape on my stitches. What kind of paper tape are you all using, as I considered the silicone sheets, but they are so expensive,
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In the Uk it is called microporous tape.
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I have used Johnson and Johnson's paper tape and Molynoke's Mepitac (silicone tape) and been happy with both.
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Thanks I am using paper tape too and I think what I will do in week three is start using a Vaseline with coco butter product to soften and moisturize my incisions at night and during the day I will continue to paper tape. I read that a dermatologist said Vaseline is as good as silicone. Also it is really difficult to find silicone tape where I live.
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Matara, I ordered the Mepitac online from Amazon.com. If you want to use the paper tape, it should work fine but you should be wearing it all the time (unless you are directly out in sun, in which case I'd suggest taking it off and wearing sunscreen on that area). From everything I have read the taping only works if you do it continuously. The people on this site seem to wear it all the time. Same goes for how to wear silicone tape.
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As someone already said, you should not expose scars to direct sunlight for 1 - 2 years or they will darken permanently.
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Posting an update since it's been several weeks and nearly a month. Love the paper tape; have been able to get in a lot of healing since I've been leaving the tape on continously, so scars look much whiter now. I switched to Mepitac though because of a somewhat unique problem: my scars are very high, especially the one on my right hip, which comes very nearly to my belly button. Because of this the tape was abrading on my underwear and peeling away. The Mepitac tape is stronger though it still is easy to remove. I have removed and replaced it without removing skin as a number of posters are talking about with one brand of paper tape.
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Birch, just started using paper tape (Day 4 now). Showered this AM and had to remove after the shower b/c the paper was coming off around the edges a lot after I towel-dried. I am posting b/c unlike other commenters, I haven't had a problem (yet) with it tearing the skin, though it is early. I took the right side off twice during the four days (once after the shower to change and once because the tape was a bit crinkled up and I was concerned that I wouldn't get the effect I wanted so I took it off right after I put it on and reapplied). Left side I took off only after I showered. (Was trying to wait a week like Top Heavy suggests but the tape was falling off after my shower so I washed the area and changed it.) The product I am using is Johnson and Johnson's paper tape. I tried the 3M Micropore and it gave me an allergic reaction; also found that it was harder to remove. So far I am quite impressed with how the scars look. I wasn't expecting much progress in taking the tape off today at Day 4 but I already had another area go white on me; other areas look flatter and lighter. I am around 7 1/2 months PO. I decided to do tape now after having done the silicone sheets for three months (definitely helpful in keeping the scar nice and flat) and cocoa butter (seemed to get less benefit overall in terms of flattening/lightening the scar). I have a couple of areas where the scars are white or very light/unnoticeable but most of the scar is still purple or some shade of pink so I decided to do the tape because I wanted to make the existing scar area that is not white less noticeable. Will try and follow up later here to let people know how it went. Plan to use paper tape for 6 - 8 weeks.
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Update: Going on nine weeks and very impressed with the taping. Now using silicone tape because of better adhesion (can't use Micropore b/c of allergic reaction and J&J kept coming off at top of panties b/c my incisions are so high). Anyway, Most of my scar is now white or nearly white, so I'm very, very impressed with the results of taping and it is much simpler than the silicone sheeting which I could only wear 12 hours a day and required taping down as well as washing. Also easier than cocoa butter which I was massaging in 2x/day and not getting much result from using, though it did an amazing job removing some new stretch marks I got near my pubic area after the surgery.
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I was using the paper tape for a few weeks it did start also taking my skin off when it was removed I also found it better to remove it in the shower and remove it slowly
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I have been using he paper tape for abut 3 weeks ( i am one month post op) and it hasn't been exactly easy. My PS has my put scar gel on and then cover it with the tape and change the tape every 4 days. I was having a lot of trouble with the tape pulling off skin and leaving raw spots so my PS suggested that i try removing it while in the shower and that seems to be helping a lot. not 100% sure that the tape is really helping too much but everything is looking good so ill just keep doing what im doing!
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I'm with you Excited4Sure.... My PS took off my tape after the 1st week and I have not tape. Everything is looking good and healthy. What is it for?
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I was never told to use it by my surgeon so originally started with vitamin e and cocoa butter, didn't make a blind bit of difference so was prescribed a silicone gel to use at my last check up which apparently would do the exact same thing as the silicone tape, not having much luck so far, been using it twice a day for a month and if anything my scars are getting worse :( anyone else's scars get worse before they got better?
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Hi Ems, what do you mean when you say that the scars are getting worse? What do they look like now in comparison to how they were before yu started the silicone gel? I paper taped and my scars originally looked almost like black lines, then they started to turn pink and now fading to white. Not all areas are healing at the same rate though, so overall I have scars in all 3 stages of the healing I've just mentioned. But this is just my own personal experience! They will take a long time to fade according to my PS - up to a year.
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They have gone redder in colour, more raised and thicker than they were, they just seem to be getting worse not better and are not showing any signs of starting to fade, I know it can take some time but would have thought I'd be starting to see improvement by now...
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Perhaps it would be a good idea to contact your PS and ask him/her to take a look, especially if its something that's worrying you. They may well be able to help :)
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I never used tape, it was never mentioned by my PS. I also chose not to use silicone strips/tape. I used only Vit E cream and sometimes cocoa butter and had my 6 month (final) check-up last eek and he said my scars look flatter than most people after BR. Most of my scars are already turning white/pale.
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*last week
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